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5 Things You Need to Do Before Summer Ends

5 Things You Need to Do Before Summer Ends

The calendar may say summer doesn’t officially end for another month and ten days, but many people I know are taking their kids back to school, or are teachers who are heading back to work themselves.

So while you still can, take advantage of the warm weather and remind yourself of what it felt like when you were a kid and had nothing but time. Here are some ways to recapture those lazy days of summer from your youth or at the very least, to get in touch with your inner child.

Visit a farm stand or a farmers market. For me, summer is all about the food, especially its fresh fruits and veggies like corn, watermelon, tomatoes, strawberries, and peaches and plums. And, they are only here for a short time so why not stock up while you can?

Use the bounty you buy to host an end of summer potluck, picnic, or barbecue. Make this event the last “official” one of the summer and highlight the foods of the season. A few fresh vegetables and a food processor make delicious chilled summer soups. Tomatoes and cucumbers taste great this way. Grill your fresh veggies and make kabobs. Include some peaches and plums to add a touch of sweetness.

Take a moonlit stroll and stargaze. It doesn’t have to be a big event, even taking a walk just around your neighborhood. The warm summer nights are a perfect time to star gaze and to see things from a different perspective. Organized hikes that overlook city lights are a memorable way to say goodbye to summer. Or, download a free app to your smart phone and impress your friends as you point out all the constellations.

Read a book or have a summer movie night. Sit outside and read a book. It doesn’t have to be a serious book. Try some light summer reading or find the latest “must read” and just sit down to read it.  Host a summer viewing night and show all of your favorite summer movies outside using the garage, back wall or even a white sheet as the screen and serve up your favorite treats and popcorn.

Have at least one day of doing nothing. Try to remember what your life was like before it was overscheduled and over committed and just be. Enjoy the free time to explore wherever your heart tells you to go, do whatever you think would be fun to do. Why not take advantage of the sunshine and take a day and go explore some local gardens or parks like you did when you were a kid. Or, if you live near the beach or lake, stick your toes in the sand. Play in the sandbox, go on the swings, feel the warmth of the summer sun on your feet, and the wind in your hair, or walk through the grass and feel the blades as they tickle your feet.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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9:03AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

Thank you Judi, for Sharing this!

7:58PM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

There is nothing better than the healing waters of God's ocean and the healing rays of the sun, providing you don't let yourself get all burned up. The best time to enjoy the ocean and the sun is at sunrise. Sunrise on the ocean is the best thing for your body, mind, and spirit. Sunsets are wonderful too. All of the wonderful colors.....and the peace it brings as well.

11:53AM PDT on Sep 2, 2013

I am sure to have at least one day of doing "nothing! Promise!

6:16AM PDT on Aug 25, 2013

sounds like a wonderful idea ... perhaps I can fit one or two of these in

7:27PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

Having nightblindness, I don't think I'll try that night stroll. It could wind up being an end of life thing rather than an end of summer one!

And luckily for me, I live in an area where the farmer's market is year-round.

I am, however, looking forward to the annual block party. I'll spend the week before baking up a storm. I'm on desserts.

12:08PM PDT on Aug 17, 2013

Well, I did all of them. What else?

11:44AM PDT on Aug 15, 2013

Thank you for good ideas!

1:34AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

summer's great! I try to savour every minute of it! :)

12:27AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Thanks very much for this.

11:37PM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

It's winter here in Australia :)

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